Enjoy the sleep now, because when the baby comes…
How many times did you hear this after you announced your pregnancy to the world? There’s NO greater buzzkill than hearing about newborn woes. Sleepless nights, endless screaming, a living hell for the next 3—no, 6–maybe 12 months— of your new baby’s life.
You know those people that can thrive on only 5-6 hours of sleep a night? Definitely not me.
So, when all of the sleepless nights comments started pouring in, I was determined to figure out how to get a baby to sleep through the night before my daughter even arrived. 7 months later, I enjoy 8 glorious hours of sleep every night. Not only that but my baby naps consistently for 1.5-2 hours, three times a day. Oh, the productivity!!
What’s my secret?
Well, I can tell you definitively that my baby’s amazing sleep habits aren’t because she’s “a great sleeper” or “a good baby”. Quite the contrary. We. Worked. Hard. for this kind of sleep. And you know what? You can do it too.
Are you tired of being tired? Do you feel like the sleep fairy somehow passed your baby by? The truth is, every single baby is different and the key to success night sleeping is finding out what makes your baby tick. Having said that, I firmly believe that there are practices you can implement to expedite your baby’s sleep training…just as there are certain hindrances that could be holding your baby back. Over the next couple weeks, I will share all of the tips and tricks I learned so you can discover what works best to get your baby to sleep through the night.
The newborn days are precious. If you blink they’ll be gone. You should be able to enjoy your baby without exhaustion ruining your life.
Now, without any further ado, we’ll get right into how to get your baby to sleep through the night:
Everything You Need to Know to Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night – Introduction to From Sleepless to Slumbering Series
The From Sleepless to Slumber Series
While this is an introductory post, there are a few things I wanted to clarify on before we jump into the series. Newborn sleep is tricky (heck, any sleep is tricky!). So, while we will discuss these topics in more detail in the series, here are some thoughts you should probably let marinate in the meantime.
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Why Sleep Training Fails
It’s ironic that one of the main reasons why I started this blog was because of my obsession with newborn sleep…and yet, this is the first post I’ve written about the topic. I think it’s because, 1. I feel like a part of me failed for even having troubles with my daughter and 2. There are so many posts about how to get your baby to sleep through the night. Everyone has their opinions and their little “secrets” for newborn sleep. So, why bother sharing mine?
Then it hit me.
My daughter is unique and so is your baby. Yes, there are 490 million posts on how to get your baby to sleep through the night, but not every post will work for a kid like yours or mine. If you’re reading this, you’re probably already having trouble with sleep. You’ve probably already tried to tweak your baby’s night time routine without any success. Worst of all, you’re probably starting to blame yourself for the difficulties you’ve been having. I’ve been there. Newborn sleep was an obsession of mine since the second trimester and we still struggled painfully. Heck, sometimes we still struggle.
I think one of the reasons why sleep training fails is because of the uniqueness of every child. Make no mistake, I DO believe there is a method that can get your baby to sleep, but it takes time and patience to find it. My goal is to give you the tools and ideas you need to figure out how to get your baby to sleep through the night.
When I say, “If I can do it, you can do it too,” I mean it! You can do this!
Why Nobody is Getting Sleep
If you were hoping for a quick and easy answer as to why your baby won’t sleep through the night, let me just apologize now. You and your baby are unique individuals so there are different things affecting his sleep. Personally, I think there are 5 main things that are hindering newborn sleep. And I guarantee that at least one of these five things will tick you off. So, hear me out.
- Sleep props
- Extreme attachment parenting
- Breastfeeding (coming from a breastfeeding mama!)
- Baby’s unique personality
- Lack of structured routine
- Random factors
- Your own guilt
How YOU Can Get Your Baby to Sleep Through the Night
After you’ve identified the factors that could be ruining your baby’s sleep, you can implement your sleep training game plan. I don’t want to deliver false promises, but I firmly believe that there are certain techniques you can use that will help your baby sleep through the night. You can tailor each of these techniques to your baby, however, you need to be 100% committed. I’ve heard so many moms talk about their baby woes and the number one problem I see is inconsistency. Inconsistency with sleep training styles, inconsistency with a daytime routine, or inconsistency with sleep time expectations.
You HAVE TO BE CONSISTENT. In the next post, I’m going to tell you exactly what sleep training is. It’s an umbrella term that houses several different styles. But the key to success with ANY of these methods is consistency.
In the meantime, below are the main techniques that I believe will help get a baby to sleep through the night:
- Swaddling (in the newborn ages) (By the way, if your baby HATES being swaddled/escapes from every single swaddle, the Woombie Swaddle is AMAZING and their website usually awesome clearance deals!)
- Excellent Daytime Sleep
- Sleep Training
I find two things funny about my little list: 1. Sleep training is at the bottom of the list! There are so many factors that surround good sleep habits. Sleep training is really the smallest concern in many cases. And 2: my techniques for getting your baby to sleep through the night is SHORTER than my list of things that can ruin your baby’s nighttime sleep. I don’t think that’s a coincidence!
Okay! That’s everything I wanted to briefly mention before we get started. I can’t wait to discuss these ideas with you and really dig into baby sleep!